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Rongbuk Monastery

* The highest monastery in the world.
History: Built from 1903.
Distance from Lhasa: 700 Km / 2 days Drive 
Entrance fee: RMB25 per person
Open Hours: 09:00-17:00

* Best visiting time: 6-10月

Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
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Located at the foot of the Everests in Tibet, Rongbuk Monastery is 5,200 meters above sea level. Towing in the severely cold climate, it is the highest monastery on the planet, also a vantage point for watching Mt.Everest.The construction of Rongbuk Monastery at the foot of the mountain was initiated by a lama named Ngawang Tenzin Norbu of the Nyingma Sect of the Tibetan Buddhism in 1902.Buddhist images of Sakyamuni and Padmasambhava are enshrined in the main hall of the monastery. The monastery once housed about 500 monks and nuns but now there are only dozens of monks and nuns.

Visitors, particularly mountaineers come to Rongbuk Monastery for the imposing Mount Everest. They must pass through Rongbuk to reach the highest peak of Mt. Everest via the north face, and the north Everest Base Camp is only 10 km away from the monastery. Looking southward from here, you can see Mt.Everest is like a gigantic pyramid, towering in the mountains. On bright days, a lump of milk-white cloud can be seen on top of the mountain, just like a white flag waving above the Everests. Called "the highest banner in the world", the cloud is regarded as a marvelous wonder on earth. 

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